Connecticut serves as the backdrop in new Antonio Banderas film, with ‘gorgeous locations’ – Hartford Courant

Simsbury — A new action-thriller filmed in Connecticut, featuring Antonio Banderas, will hit theaters and on-demand on July 1.

The Old Well Tavern, Simsbury Department of Public Works, a house in Granby and a Hartford high rise serve as the backdrop for “Code Name Banshee,” a film starring Banderas, Jaime King and Tommy Flanagan and directed by Jon Keeyes.

In the film, Banderas’ character Caleb, a former assassin, comes out of hiding “when his protégé [King], the equally deadly killer known as Banshee, discovers a bounty has been placed on Caleb’s head,” according to IMDb.

Ed Cohen, the film’s location scout, said that the set design team completely transformed the filming locations for the screen, making them look nearly unrecognizable — even to those most familiar with the spots.

“The owner of the Old Well [Tavern] said, ‘I’m not even going to recognize this place in the film,’” Cohen said. “The art department is absolutely unbelievable. They just convert things entirely — it’s mind-boggling to watch.”

Pre-production and filming for “Code Name Banshee” took place in late 2021 from August to September. Cohen said that during this time, the cast and crew stayed in hotels in Hartford.

Cohen said that he selected the Farmington Valley locations because of their beauty. He said it was important to find places that matched the director’s vision.

“They’re gorgeous locations and the people are extremely friendly,” Cohen said.

“It ended up being kind of a mutual love fest working in those areas,” he said. “The crew had a great time, so did the cast and the people in town enjoyed the whole thing too. It was a win-win all the way around.”

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